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Bennett hurts neck to further deplete Seahawks defense

Reuters

(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett exited Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter because of a neck injury, coach Pete Carroll said.

Bennett, playing in his third game back from a knee injury, suffered the injury when he stopped Rams running back Todd Gurley for a loss with a big hit.

The Pro Bowler was helped off the field by medical personnel.

The Seahawks went on to defeat the Rams 24-3, clinching the NFC West Division, but they may have suffered another critical loss to their defense.

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(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)